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How to use images to improve your blog posts

This post was most recently updated on November 14th, 2022

use Images to Improve Blog Posts

You can use images to improve your blog posts in several ways.

Bloggers often think images are simply pictures to break up text.

That’s true.

But it’s not the only way to use them.

If you do some of the things I’ll outline in this article, you won’t just be posting pretty or cute pictures.

You’ll be using images to actually improve your blog posts.

Why images are important

People don’t want to read blogs that look like a whole lot of endless words.

It just gives the impression that they will be tedious and boring.

Your brain processes information better in bits.

And it looks more manageable and inviting when it’s broken up into multiple segments.

There was a time when the only way bloggers could break their text up into segments was with headings.

So H2 and H3 headings were about the most visual way they could make their articles look more user friendly.

But now, bloggers use images to break text into segments, instead of one big run-on blurb.

So when readers visit your blog, if they see the blocks of text broken up into segments by images, their brain tells them they can handle it.

Connect with your readers

Images help you build relationships with your readers.

They are more friendly than text, and let people know more about your feelings on topics.

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to build a stronger connection with your readers.

Lower your bounce rates

Your blog posts won’t rank too high in the search engines if people bounce from them too fast and frequently.

One of the reasons they’ll bounce away and click to another site is because your articles look boring.

Images can improve your blog posts by making them look more pleasing and inviting.

It’s one thing to get people to click to your site.

But it’s another thing to get them to stay there for a while, read your article, maybe click on some of your links and even leave a comment.

Images can help immensely when it comes to audience retention, or keeping your readers on your site for a while.

And they make your blog post attractive not only by giving it visual appeal, but as I said earlier, by breaking blocks of text into more user-friendly, bite-sized segments.

The SEO factor

Another way that images improve your blog posts is in making them better optimized for the search engines.

It’s what I call the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) factor that goes into constructing a blog post.

So, how do you use images in this way?

Image quality

Your images need to look sharp and professional.

Otherwise they could actually make your blog look amateurish.

They can be your own images, though, as long as you’re able to produce them in high quality.

Images can be photos, drawings, vectors or any kind of graphic design.

Using your own photos or graphic designs will make your blog stand out for originality.

And original images could even gain high ranking on search engines, driving lots of free traffic to your blog posts.

You don’t have to do original work, though.

As an alternative, you can also hire graphic designers, artists and photographers to do original creations for you.

Or, you can simply purchase some stock photos and images.

There are plenty of sites like Pixabay and Unsplash where the vast majority of their images and photos are free to use.

Image ALT tags

Always use ALT tags for your images.

Those are simply keywords you attach to them.

image alt tags

The above ShoutMeLoud article shows you
how to use ALT tags to optimize your blog post images.

Since Google and other search engines can’t really assess the topic of a graphic image, attaching keywords to your images simply tells them what your picture is about.

And, if the topic of your images is highly similar to your blog topic, then it will help it achieve higher ranking.

Image relevancy

In order for images to improve the SEO quality of your blog posts, they need to be highly relevant to the subject matter in your blog post.  

You can’t just post images because they look good or because you like them.

There has to be a reason for them to be in your article.

That’s what I mean by image relevancy.

And using images that are relevant to your content is a key ingredient in establishing a strong SEO structure for your blog posts.

If they also include relevant ALT tags, they can really help improve your blog post ranking for the keywords they are optimized for.

Types of blog images

There’s a wide variety of images you can use to improve your blog posts.

Following is a short list of some of the most important ones.

Featured image

You need to pick one main image that will show up at the top of your blog post.

In WordPress, it’s called your “featured image.”

It’s an important image that can definitely improve your blog post.

And not only because it’s the first thing people will see when they click on your article.

But also because it’s the thumbnail image that people will see on your blogroll and in your social media links.

So make it an image that pretty much shows people what your article is about.

And you can indicate that not only with the image itself, because that’s often quite difficult to do.

But do a text overlay on top of the image.

This is typically the title of your blog post.

If your article is titled “How to overcome fear,” for instance, you might just choose an abstract image, like maybe of clouds or something.

But the overlay text would be: “How to overcome fear.”

Remember, your featured image is probably going to be the one that people see the most.

And even if they don’t click on your social media post, for instance, they’ll still see that image.

So it’s a great way to bolster your blog’s brand, even if it doesn’t directly improve your blog post traffic.

Internally linked content upgrades

Internal links redirect to other pages and posts on your blog.

You can use images to create those internal links.

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So, for instance, you might use an image with a text overlay saying something like “learn more about…”

Then link it to one of your other blog posts that you’d like people to visit.

Of course, you could use text linking to accomplish this, but images are far more effective.

Externally linked content upgrades 

External links redirect to articles outside of your blog.

So, for instance, they might link to an article that is relevant to your blog post.

And again, images can be used to embed links to that content.

These externally linked images can improve your blog posts in various ways.

They can foster a good user experience by directing people to external articles that offer more information on your topic.

They can help you build better relationships with other bloggers, whose articles you share in this way.

And they can help your article rank higher in search engines since external linking and image optimization are both good for SEO.


Images don’t have to be just pretty or eyecatching.

They can improve your blog posts by adding direct value to your topic.

Infographics combine graphic appeal with information pertinent to your blog post.

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They are a combination of visuals and information like statistics, facts, research, lists of things to remember, quick outlines of complex material and more.

Infographics can also be used to act like a condensed checklist or cheatsheet.

They can have bar graphs, diagrams, charts and other visuals to make your blog post more easily understood.

So they are clearly a good use of images to improve your blog posts.

And even more, infographics can be used for marketing those same blog posts.

You can put your infographics on social media, and invite other bloggers to embed them on their blogs.

This can be a very effective way for you to market your blog posts.

CTA images

Images can always be used for calls to action (CTA’s).

So if you want people to join your email list, you can create an image with text overlay like “Get my top 3 resources here.”

Then link it to your squeeze page where people sign up to get that lead magnet.

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You could also link any image to a sales page, an affiliate product or a service you provide.

And, of course, your call to action could be something as simple as “learn how to do it here,” and link that image to another one of your blog posts.

These are just a few examples of some CTA’s that could be embedded in your blog.

What kind of CTA’s do you use?

Or what kind of CTA’s could you develop to build your business?

CTA images can improve your blog posts by making them great vehicles for getting people into your business at some point or other.

How to use images to improve your blog posts

These are some good ways for you to integrate images into your blog.

Images are a particularly good method for making your blog posts more user friendly and inviting.

I suggest you write a list of objectives you have for each of your blog posts.

Then match up images that can help you achieve them.

Now, I’d like to hear from you.

Please leave me a comment below.

Let me know… what kind of images are you using now?

And tell me… how are you using these images to improve your blog posts?


PS: Don’t forget to share this article on your favorite social sites. I appreciate it 🙂

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

6 Responses to How to use images to improve your blog posts

  1. Aadiv S
    August 12, 2022 at 9:32 am #

    Hi Dona

    This is very useful Post. Images are main source of attractions and help to reach the post or blog easily by the audience.

    Thanks for sharing the post

  2. Vishwajeet Kumar
    August 8, 2022 at 2:17 am #

    Hello Donna,

    An image speaks a thousand words. A Blog post with relevant images looks more appealing and helps readers to understand the topic easily. I always add images to my blog post. Thanks for sharing this helpful post with us all

    Vishwajeet Kumar
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  3. Ryan Biddulph
    August 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm #

    Timely post Donna; I just snapped 20 images of the 40 acre property here in NJ. We wrap up this house sit in a few days. Loading these pictures gives my blog ample images for a while. I may use a few gems but have all types of image potential as Kelli and I will be moving on to upstate New York, the Berkshires and rural Vermont over the next few months. Images make a real difference. People love eye candy.


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    • Donna Merrill
      August 7, 2022 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Ryan

      It’s so great you do your own photos.

      That certainly makes your blog very personal, and really opens up the engagement.

      Sounds like you’re doing the Berkshires and Vermont thiing at just the right time for the coming foliage season.

      That will certainly give you lots of new photos for your image library!

      Thanks for sharing your methods for getting all those great images for your blog.

      House sitting really works well with blogging, doesn’t it?

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  4. Gaurav Kumar
    August 5, 2022 at 2:05 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Images are really important. I always add visual content in my articles. Sometimes I even spend more time on images then writing articles.

    With the help of right images, you can also boost CTR or traffic to your blog posts.


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    • Donna Merrill
      August 6, 2022 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Gaurav

      You’re absolutely right about the CTR (click through rate).

      People are far more likely to click on images with clear descriptions (and calls to action) than they are to click on simple text links.

      So if you want to keep things moving, like having visitors click to other blog posts you’ve written, or sign up for you email list, or check out an affiliate offer etc etc… Images are the way to get them to do that!

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